Homes England opens applications for new DPS
Homes England has opened initial applications from housebuilders ahead of the launch of a new Delivery Partner Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) on 1 September 2021.
This follows a revamp in the government’s delivery agency’s approach to land disposals.
For the first time, housebuilders will be able to join the agency’s list of preferred developers whenever they choose, replacing the existing Delivery Partner Panel (DPP3), which housebuilders and developers are currently only able to join when it is renewed once every four years.
The Delivery Partner DPS will also be available to our public sector partners to help them procure a developer or contractor to build homes on sites they own.
Applications are being sought from housebuilders who share Homes England’s ambitions to build more sustainably, and for high-quality design and placemaking.
By switching from a framework to a DPS, Homes England is also simplifying access for smaller developers and new entrants.
The application process will also take the size of the developer into account. For example, SMEs bidding to deliver smaller sites will benefit from simpler entry criteria whereas the entry criteria for developers bidding to deliver larger strategic sites will be proportionately more testing.
The initial application phase will run from 24 May to 25 June; successful applicants will become members of the DPS when it launches on 1 September 2021, and applications will then reopen on an ongoing basis.
Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, said: “This new digital system marks a huge step forward, making it much easier for developers to bid for our land.
“I’d encourage our current partners, as well as those we haven’t worked with before, to get their applications in so we can work together to create great places to live.
“We are one of the largest vendors of residential land with sites for tens of thousands of homes being disposed over the next three years being channelled through this new approach.”